Ottawa, ON

April 2020 and May 2021

Matt’s review:

With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada’s leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagain Valley, in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, BC.

2015 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay is a benchmark expression of ultra premium Okanagan Chardonnay. Sourced from five estate vineyards across the Black Sage Bench, Golden Mile Bench, and Osoyoos East Bench, Fool’s Mate brings together the best fruit from many of the best vineyards in the far south of Canada’s pocket desert. Richly coloured, this unfiltered and unfined wine showcases the purest expression of southern Okanagan ‘bench’ fruit. Bright citrus fruit, buttered croissant, lanolin, and zesty minerality on the nose and palate. This beautifully balanced, full bodied, and linear Chardonnay highlights the quality and elegance CheckMate are achieving in their portfolio of Cru-quality Chardonnay. Enjoy 2020-2030+. Tasted April 2020, May 2021. 96 points. Matt Steeves –

Available winery direct – $80